Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Rasmane Ouedraogo; Albertine N'Guessan; Honoré Goore Bi Ziablé; Bintou Bakayoko
Director: Roger Gnoan M'Bala
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
ADANGGAMAN is an unblinking look at a rarely acknowledged underside of African history: the active role of black Africans in supplying human cargo for the European slave trade. Deftly blending fact, myth, and personal dram... more »
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The destruction of African morals
kofinut | AlwaysAfrica | 02/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The movie is absolutely astounding. Well made, well directed, excellent cast, beautiful music, thought-provoking, historical facts, awesome acting. African Cinema at its best. Adanggaman is not about African slavery before slavery; it's about how corrupt African kings were persuaded, tricked, and manipulated by their participation in the TransAtlantic Slave Trade. The concept of African slavery is extremely different than the chattel slavery practived in the West. The movie did show mistreatment of "next of kin", but this is very mild in comparison to slavery in the American South. Compare the movie "Sankofa" with this one and you'll see what I mean. The two together are a must in anyone's reference library. Don't miss Adanggaman!!!!"
This movie blew me away!
S. Batts | New York, NY United States | 02/04/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is a must see -- African slavery before slavery -- I saw this movie two days ago and I'm still moved. The music, the dancing, the subject matter -- this movie is a mover."
The cruelty man does to man
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 01/28/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Adanggaman is a stark look at the slave trade during the 17th century. The story is s fictionalized historic account that takes place on the West Coast of Africa. The film gives a twist to the tradional versions of slave trade, as in Roots (Four-Disc 30th Anniversary Edition) by examining the role of Africans in the slave trade. The final destination many slaves made to the Americas(only about 5% came to the U.S.) is mentioned but never made to be that important. Instead the focus is on the slaves being sold to other tribes. They are subjugated to less than wild animal tratment. The story is part travelogue, part life in the bush drama. King Adanggaman is a vile man with an insatiable appetite for power; his lust is disgusting. His tribesman carry out raids and capture other tribes and the men are sold for animals in exchange. An auction will deliver two goats, two sheep, one cow and a bonus like yams thrown in for good measure to assure the winning bid. The awaiting slaves are kept in primitive cages. It is not a pretty picture but then again slavery wasn't either. Anyway, the story centers on Ossei who manages to avoid capture, tries to free his mother , only to be caught by the feared and vicious women Amazons. These are some bad, tough women warriors. They capture Ossei, he escapes with the help of a Amazonian(not to be confused with people who frequent this site), is recaptured and the story continues. The movie is a nice alternative perspective to Amistad and since it is made by an African director, seems rather credible. It has a documentary feel to it at times but there is enough storyline that keeps it flowing to seperate the movie from a docudrama. It is a very provocative film. It also has some great costumes worn by the tribes, realistic sets in the bush and is in some African language with subtitles, that at times, are unneccessary. As they were herding the slaves along, jibbering about with no subtitles, we jokingly added our own, " hurry up, keep moving, come on, keep moving." We were dead on as they eventually threw in almost the exact dialogue! This is a good rendering of the African slave experience that all should see for a different perspective. It does have some National Geographic type nudity and suttle violence but otherwise it is suitable for most families viewing. Recommended as an alternate view of the slave trade."
A gem of West African cinema
Gary Selikow | Great Kush | 02/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"A pearcing examination of a little examined side of the Atlantic slave trade, the complicity of African tribesman and chiefs in the capture and sale to Europeans of African slaves.
Complete with African slave auctions and mouth inspections.
Vivid and with excellent filmography and dramatic acting, it is directed by Ivorian filmmaker Roger Gnoan M'Bala.
The ruthless King Adanggaman (Rasmane Ouedraogo) leads a war against neighbouring tribes selling the young and strong men and women into slavery.
After a young man Ossei (Ziable Honoré Goore Bi) falls into conflict with his father after being pressured to marry a woman he does not love, he leave his village to return to find his village destroyed, his father and his beloved slaughtered and his mother taken captive.
He attempts to rescue his mother unsuccessfully and is captured by Adanggamans fearsome Amazon warriors.
Afte his mother is put to death by Adanggaman, Ossei again escaped and form a romance with Amazon warrior, Naka (Mylène-Perside Boti Kouame).
Together Ossei and Naka lead an idyllic but precarious existence before being discovered by the Amazons.
Naka is murdered and Ossei enslaved before being sent across the Atlantic as a slave.
Quite penetrating, a mix of history, myth and imagination, it nevertheless deals with a little examined part of the slave trade. Not a single White person appears in the movie, as it focuses purely on the African side of these events.
Dramatic and vivid, in a unique West African syle, in a moment of philosophical observation Ossei remarks that "
The dead are sometimes more alive than the living themselves".
A gem of West African cinema."